The Albanian government claims to have ordered the protection and transfer of some abused animals to a private zoo in Fier, after the British newspaper Daily Mail published an article which showed the shocking conditions of animals and the zoo.
The Albanian Minister of Tourism and the Environment, Blendi Klosi, stated that he had entrusted an operation to the environmental inspectorate - which is cooperating with the police of Fier and an association for animal welfare - to immediately transfer abused animals and put an end to what he himself calls a 'shameful event'.
Në përgjigje të lajmit të publikuar në Daily Mail dhe dhjetëra mesazheve për situatën and papranueshme, ku jetojnë disa ...
However, this decision came only after the article of, despite the critical condition of the animals they had known each other for some time.
"The photos taken at the Fier Safari Park Zoo show a severely malnourished lion living in cramped conditions with what appears to be untreated eye damage. Other animals, including a zebra, a non-optimal looking wolf and several deer, were also seen enclosed in cement cages. ”- writes the Daily Mail
The position of Four Paws
Four Paws, an international animal welfare organization based in Vienna, called the situation of the Fier zoo 'unacceptable'.
"The signs of the mental and physical impact of being kept in such an abject environment can be clearly seen on each of the zoo's poor animals. If something is not done soon, these animals will continue to suffer and will most likely die under these unspeakable conditions ". - said Ioana Dungler, head of Four Paws.
Furthermore, Four Paws states that Albania currently hosts some of the saddest bears in Europe; many of them, in fact, are trapped in tiny cages like "tourist attractions" to attract customers to restaurants, gas stations or hotels.
1. Lion at the Safari Park in Fier Zoo, Albania
Lion At The Safari Park Fier Zoo Albania
2. Wolf at the Safari Park Zoo in Fier, Albania
Wolf at Safari Park Fier Zoo Albania
3. Zebra at the Safari Park Zoo in Fier, Albania
Zebra At The Safari Park Fier Zoo Albania
Ill-treatment and illegal hunting
Earlier this year, a German researcher collected evidence showing that illegal hunting in Albania continues even in protected areas, although the cases identified are sporadic and significantly lower than at the beginning of 2014, when Albania has imposed the ban.
Environmentalists have also identified some golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), the symbol of Albania's red and black national flag, held in captivity, and a museum of stuffed animals in a northern area of Albania.
Albania has banned hunting in the last two years and has imposed a new five-year directive up until the 2021 to end the uncontrolled and illegal hunting, which has decimated wildlife populations in the country in the last two and a half decades after collapse of the communist regime in the early '90.